Popeyes chicken sandwich sparks violence around the country

Aya Hesham

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Popeyes has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past months with its viral chicken sandwich. However, the sandwich has sparked violence across the country also, as many people simply cannot wait to get their hands on it.

28-year-old Kevin Tyrall Davis was stabbed to death due to an altercation over a chicken sandwich in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Davis died from his wounds after later being taken to the hospital.

Popeyes released a new chicken sandwich in August, gaining popularity on the internet and often referred to as Chick-Fil-A’s chicken sandwich “rival.” Social media has exploded with good reviews about the sandwich but they sold out before many people could get their hands on them. Popeyes recently restocked, creating massive lines of people trying to get a taste of the hyped-up sandwich.

“I was really excited to try the sandwich when it came out, but the sandwich is good but it’s not really anything special,” sophomore Antonella Daniel said.

The fight began when Davis cut another man in the Oxon Hill Popeyes. Then, it escalated and went outside where the stabbing began.

“I think it’s really crazy over what people think about this regular chicken sandwich, it’s just a piece of chicken between two buns,” sophomore Clarence Fuller said.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a 28-year-old male lying on the ground with several stab wounds. The suspect got away and police are hoping he turns himself in.

“Over the course of 15 minutes this individual works his way methodically ahead of everybody else in that line, is confronted by this individual and then from the moment of that confrontation, 15 seconds later, the two of them are out in front of the store, a stabbing occurs and an individual’s life is lost,” Chief Prince George’s County Police Hank Stawinski said.

Another sandwich-related incident occurred Wednesday, November 6 in Los Angeles, when a woman destroyed her own car while refusing to wait in line for a sandwich. The incident took place in the neighborhood of West Adams. While the busy fast food restaurant maintains two lines that merge into one, a woman came in with her car and drove the passenger seat of her car into a yellow barrier. An Instagrammer by the name of famousboi.d caught the whole thing on video.

With all of social media’s attention helping to fuel the popularity of the chicken sandwich, many YouTubers and celebrities wait in long lines to document their reactions to the sandwich. It disappointed many when Popeyes announced they were currently sold out in all locations and excited many when they announced the sandwich was returning permanently.